” …and let’s be honest, that’s probably a good thing. The show is watchable, sure, but it certainly doesn’t posses the draw its predecessor did.
Rebecca Rand Kirshner Sinclair (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Gilmore Girls,” “Las Vegas”), who recently took the reins from exec producers Jeff Judah and Gabe Sachs, was brought in to address the series’ various problems. Right off the bat, she made some big decisions, the most controversial being the dismissal of leading man Dustin
The move made waves among fans and sparked much curiousity. And when Kirshner Sinclair was later quoted saying that she wants to stop using veteran characters like Kelly Taylor and Brenda Walsh in order to refocus the series on the new kids, she really caught viewers’ attention.
So, what exactly does Kirshner Sinclair want the new “90210” to look like, sound like and feel like? KTV correspondent Marisa Roffman tracked the show runner down to find out…
As a fan of the original series, I have to ask, did you watch “Beverly Hills, 90210”?
R: Yeah, that was my era. I grew up with those girls [from the original show]. What they wore to their prom was the same thing I wore to
mine. It was that black, sleek dress with a giant white bow over the
shoulders. And there was this whole plot of how [Kelly and Brenda] both wore [the same
dress], and I had already gotten it first, so [when it aired] I was
like, oh my God, that’s my dress! And some girl at my school wore it as
So you had your own Brenda and Kelly dress fiasco at your prom!
Will your familiarity with the original series impact how you run “90210”?
R: Yeah. [“Beverly Hills, 90210”] was a zeitgeist when I was growing
up. I’m honored to pay homage to that show, but what I’m excited about
is when fans can almost forget there was an old show and [“90210”]
feels like a new thing that really reflects the zeitgeist
now. There was some magic when [the original] started and it really
struck a nerve, and I can’t even begin to analyze how that came about,
but [for this show], I’d like to begin by writing about real
teenagers and a real world.
Fans were shocked when news broke that Dustin Milligan (Ethan) won’t be returning next year. Can you talk about the reasons behind
R: I honestly think Dustin is such a good actor and such a lovely
person. He is incredibly smart and perceptive and I loved working with
him. At the end of the year [when I joined the show], I was really
encouraging a dialogue between the writers and the actors and he was
somebody who took me up on that. He was so thoughtful and careful about
his ideas, and I was really impressed. So in my mind, it wasn’t about
not liking Dustin, but [about] the character of Ethan. I felt [Ethan]
didn’t allow me the freedom that I wanted. I really wanted a range
between the characters and I didn’t feel like I could do with that
character what I wanted to do with one of my core people. I think
Dustin is amazing and he’ll do great. I was very honored to work
with him, but he won’t be back.
Will Dustin ever show up in a season 2 episode to wrap up his storyline?
R: I’m not absolutely sure, but I don’t
Do you have plans to add any characters in the near future?
R: I’d love to! There’s a range of teenagers I’d love to see. I’d love
to see a surfer girl. I’d love to see a tennis player guy. I want to
bring in the sunshine and sexiness of LA and balance our mix and allow
our kids to find who they are.
It’s been reported that you are planning on cutting the vets from
the original series in the future. Does that mean Jennie Garth (Kelly)
won’t be recurring next season?
R: I honestly feel that interview might not have reflected my real
feelings [on the topic]. I’m not interested in casting people just for
stunt value. I’m not interested in looking at it like, oh my God,
that’s Madonna walking across the screen. If Madonna wants to play
someone’s mom at the school, that’s fabulous. To me, I really care
about the new generation of kids, that’s where my heart is, but I think
all those people [from the original series], it’s been an honor to work
with them and I’m open to any of them [returning]. I just don’t want to
do it for stunt value or shock value. But that doesn’t mean I don’t
want to [use the vets again]. If someone falls into the world, I’m all
So Kelly’s sticking around?
R: Yeah. You’ll see more of Kelly for sure.
I know the show has gone through changes over the season, but it seems like some storylines have been brought up and then
never addressed again, i.e. Harry’s missing son. Do you have any plans
to revisit that?
R: Anything is possible, but I don’t think my goal will be to answer
every question, but rather to set forth a new drama. That’s not to say
some of the [unanswered] stuff isn’t [important] — everything will have to be judged
specifically — but I think there may be some leaps in that this is a new
incarnation and a new thing.
Is there anything you can tease to for the finale?
R: A lot of drama goes down. It’s the end of the school year, it’s the
end of the season. Some decisions are made that will change a lot. People make some really bad decisions, people open up their hearts and,
for one character, there is something [that happens which] is the straw
that breaks the camel’s back. People
are becoming who they could be [in the future]. There is some real growth and evolution in
the characters as a result of the events that happen at the end of
So, thoughts? You think RRKS will be good for “90210”?